Karen Lorenz Karen Lorenz, artist
Life drawing is an important and fundamental aspect of my work, one that continues to occupy me, and which informs in one way or another my practice. I work with installations, drawings, video, animations, and sculptures, and indeed quite removed from the traditional figurative approach.
For this profile, though, I wanted to focus on the human figure, the movement, dynamic, energy I seek to capture. It might sound like a pleader for a tradition in decline. For me life drawing is the art of discovery and the process of looking and exploring what is outside one’s self.
I see the drawings as working drawings, an event seen, imagined, remembered. They are also stepping stones towards future events, and a reminder to keep the work fresh, spontaneous, dynamic and fragile and yet crude.
Life drawings have become a kind of daily warm-ups, gently exercising the dynamic interplay between the eye and the hand. On the other hand the drawings are about commitment, when marks on paper grasp the balance and tension of the body. The beauty is that movement is temporary and therefore I never cease to explore.
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